About this Episode
The threads that weave the human story of mass incarceration of women are complex, often tangled in a legacy of abuse and injustice behind and beyond the prison walls. The tropes and caricatures are so different from the limitations confronting men. They follow formerly incarcerated women into the “free world” as they confront intractable barriers to economic and civic engagement that defy the notion of “returning citizens.” This episode, voiced by women with lived experiences inside the cage, explores needs beyond the profoundly broken and unsustainable system.
In this Episode
Activist & Speaker
“I was no legitimate threat to public safety [but] five minutes after I gave birth…US Marshals handcuffed and shackled [my legs] to the bed. I didn’t know when I was going to physically touch, smell, feel my son again.”